Let me summarize this quickly for those of you scanning the reviews like I did: we loved our trip here and would gladly return !! Don’t let any negative reviews scare you away. If you want details, pour up a cup of coffee and read-on.
We flew to Kinetta Beach resort on Air Transat out of Toronto as part of our honeymoon in early June. We checked the reviews before booking it and although there were some negative ones, we figured we would give it a try as it would be different than the Caribbean and US destinations we were used to.
We loved this place and had an amazing week and a great experience (overall) with Air Transat. I upgraded us to the Options Plus on Air Transat and it was worth it. It is not like unlimited bar service, however you get a few extra drinks and snacks. I wanted it for the side-by-side seats and priority checkin & baggage as well. Speaking of priority baggage, it did us no good in Athens as we were first to the shuttle bus but waited about an hour and a half for other guests to board the bus then we finally left for the resort. We got there at 10 am and went to breakfast, then checked-in. Although only one representative was working the desk (Georgina) she was very efficient and friendly (and patient!). We ended up in one of the older rooms which sits right above the lobby. It has a view of the sea but we were not impressed with the outdated-ness of the room (bathroom particularly). We asked to see one of the newer rooms and proceeded to make the switch. The view out of the newer room (a bit further away from the lobby but this place is not that big so what’s a 2 minute walk?) was awesome anyways, with the mountains and a sliver of the sea visible from our balcony. Our room no. was 958. See photos for our view.
Next was the “intro” with the Air Transat Rep. She suggested trips to take; there is one each day that goes to a different place. We didn’t do any of them through Transat, but found our own way as we a) wanted to save some money , b) wanted to go at our own pace, and c) like the challenge of finding our way. Also to note is that the trips are predominantly, if not exclusively, narrated in French (the resort has a very large percentage of French clientele). I would say 85% of the guests were French (only) speaking. That did not concern us, as we knew that would be the case, I speak some French, and hey, we are up for different experiences. The train station is about a 15 min walk to the west of the resort and you can cheaply get to various destinations with the help of the hotel staff or the ticket agent who spoke very good English. We took the train to Korinthos one day and Athens another. No issues. However remember you’re in a foreign country so guard your belongings especially if you see younger groups of local guys. We felt very safe on the resort and in Athens and Korinthos.
The all-inclusiveness is what drew us to this particular destination, and we really liked it, but do not expect it to be exactly like the Caribbean destinations. Food is served at more precise intervals and although drinks are available from 11 am to 11:30 pm, the type of drink you can get at certain times of day may be limited. We never felt in want of a beverage though, as you could always get something…if you are ok with a little queue at times (only one bar is open at a time). PS – a little tip can go quite a ways with some of the servers. Speaking of drinks, I was not really a fan of the draft beer there (I normally devour draft beer) so I went out to a small supermarket on the main street and picked up an 8 pack of Alpha () which is awesome beer. You can discretely drink it on the resort without issue. Do not bring your bubba or coffee mug expecting them to fill it with beer. They will not, and they will tell you to take it back to your room. It is viewed as gluttonous to do this and is disrespectful. The cups they serve are small, but we found it was probably just as well so that there was some moderation to the consumption !
Many people are concerned about food. I absolutely loved the food at the resort. The salad bar alone would have sustained me. There was always fresh Fish, chicken or pork, potatoes, and many other dishes. Several desserts each day. Breakfast was awesome. Too bad we slept thru it a couple times. I probably gained a few pounds from the food alone. As for coffee, the only service is out of little machines and this is where it gets a bit tricky. You have to hunt a bit to find a coffee machine that is on at certain times of day. But, you can always find some. No coffee makers in the room. I did want to mention George, the manager of the place; he is present at every meal (somehow - I don’t know how he gets any sleep) and is always making sure things go smooth. We had a nice talk with him our last night & he told us to come back with our first child. We said “you can count on it” !
Onto the room. I would say simple, but very clean and functional. Fridge worked great, decent balcony, and although the beds are firm, we slept very well. A/C was great. Good sized bathroom. Smallish TV but no biggy. Hard to find an English channel but there are a few. Room was always clean. For internet you only have it by wifi in the lobby area and it is not free. I bought 24 hours of service for 12 euro and I used a fraction of it only (originally thinking we’d be in the room above the lobby, ie I would have internet access all the time). Oh well.
We went into Athens on the train one day to see the Acropolis, etc. It was very easy. You make one transfer to the metro and then there are various stations you can exit at all of which are within an easy walk to the Acropolis. We had coffee, some beers at some patio cafes and also went to the Parliament (which is an unappealing building, really) but there is a very cool park beside it which is free to get into. We went to Korinthos with Yvonne and Diane to do a tour with this “Tas” fella they’d told us about. Tas is an easy-going Greek Australian who speaks perfect English and took us for a tour all around Korinth including a Monastery, a few great spots to eat, a really cool spot to go swimming (it is an archeological dig site as well) and generally gave us a superior day in his cab. We felt very safe, secure, and comfortable with him. He even had spare bottles of water for us in the trunk and sunscreen if needed, etc. Highly recommend this guy for a knowledgeable, English narrated tour of the area and at a very reasonable price point (all the better if you split it four ways like we did!) See one of my pictures which shows his biz card.
We did not fly home out of Athens; we went to Rome for the second week of our honeymoon but the flight home from there on AT was seamless. I do need to mention however that not all the flight attendants were all that friendly nor helpful. Given that we were in Option Plus seats, we had to battle for an extra mini tin of Pringles with one of the stewards (he said “normally we have to charge for this but I will let you have one”) however another one gladly provided us with a few extra snacks. It was night and day service from one to another. We actually saw a few of the stewardesses sleeping on the flight home ! Not sure if that is the norm or not. When we were dying for a glass of water, we certainly took note of it though. Luggage came off right away and we were thru customs and out to our car in no time flat.
Would like to say hi to Diane & Yvonne and thank them for introducing us to “Tas”, Dan and Nina, Alma & Jill, Martin, Daniel and crew from Val d’Or, and Agnes.
We would love to come back to this resort for our one year anniversary in May 2014. I hope it’s still all-inclusive !
Feel free to send me a PM if you have any questions.
Mike & Melanie
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